Hamas’s Military Force in the Gaza Strip

Issued on: 04/01/2009 Type: Article


Camouflaged Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades operatives   Hamas’s PALDF Forum, March 12-15, 2008

Camouflaged Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades operatives. Left: Terrorist operative aiming an assault rifle equipped with a telescopic sight. Right: Sniper with a Russian SVD Dragunov assault rifle with a telescopic sight (Hamas’s PALDF Forum, March 12-15, 2008)

1. In view of the beginning of the land operation stage of Operation Cast Lead, we are reissuing the bulletin entitled " Hamas's military buildup in the Gaza Strip (Updated April 2008)” originally posted in April 2008, 1 which can be accessed in English and other languages. It is relevant to understanding the events taking place in the Gaza Strip today.

Contents

Overview

Part 1: Description of Hamas's military buildup in the Gaza Strip

  1. Offensive and defensive systems
  2. Concept of defense of the Gaza Strip
  3. Differences between the conditions in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon

Part 2: Hamas's control of the Gaza Strip

  1. The Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip
  2. Strength of the overall military forces in the Gaza Strip
  3. Hamas's military wing (the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades)
  4. Internal security
  5. Other terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip

Part 3: The physical infrastructure of the Gaza Strip

  1. Basic geographic and demographic data
  2. Underground network

Part 4: Upgrading weapons possessed by Hamas and other terrorist organizations

  1. Sources of weapons
  2. Rockets and mortars
  3. Anti-tank weapons
  4. Explosives and IEDs
  5. Other weapons

Part 5: Systems for manufacturing, developing and smuggling weapon

  1. Self-manufacture systems
  2. Weapons development systems
  3. Weapons smuggling systems

Part 6: Training in the Gaza Strip and abroad ( Iran , Syria and Lebanon )

Part 7: The lessons Hamas learned from the most recent round of escalation


1 The Bulletin can be found at http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_multimedia/English/eng_n/pdf/hamas_080408.pdf .

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